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North Dakota is home to nearly 20,000 nurses. In order of ascending seniority, the four key nursing roles are certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN), and advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). RNs and CNAs collectively account for over three-quarters of the state’s nursing population. North Dakota is an attractive destination for nurses with competitive pay, so its colleges and universities offer a variety of nursing programs both large and small.

Large public colleges and universities are typically more affordable than smaller private schools, since they receive substantial funding from the state government to offset tuition. However, private colleges offer several benefits of their own, including smaller class sizes, deeper learning experiences, and enhanced prestige and name recognition. North Dakota has several institutions in both categories with excellent nursing programs. For example, the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program at private University of Jamestown (formerly Jamestown College) has just 25-40 enrollees in each class. By contrast, University of North Dakota’s BSN program averages 100-150 new students each year, typical for a large public university. Nursing students should pick the classroom environment that best suits their learning style, educational goals, and career aspirations.

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Whether you are seeking intimate classes or a large and diverse student body, you can start your search here for the best nursing schools in North Dakota. We’ve profiled each of the state’s prelicensure programs below. You’ll find them arranged from largest to smallest.

Featured Schools

North Dakota

University of North Dakota
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 117 students during the 2011-12 period
North Dakota State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 67 students during the 2011-12 period
University of Mary
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 54 students during the 2011-12 period
Minot State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 46 students during the 2011-12 period
Sanford College of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 42 students during the 2011-12 period
North Dakota State College of Science
Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing: 40 students during the 2011-12 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 23 students during the 2011-12 period
University of Jamestown
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 32 students during the 2011-12 period
Dickinson State University
Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing: 30 students during the 2011-12 period
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 18 students during the 2011-12 period
Williston State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 28 students during the 2011-12 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 23 students during the 2011-12 period
Bismarck State College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 23 students during the 2011-12 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 18 students during the 2011-12 period
Lake Region State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 21 students during the 2011-12 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 14 students during the 2011-12 period
Dakota College at Bottineau
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 19 students during the 2011-12 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 14 students during the 2011-12 period
United Tribes Technical College
Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing: 12 students during the 2011-12 period
Turtle Mountain Community College
Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing: 10 students during the 2011-12 period
Sitting Bull College
Associate of Science in Practical Nursing: 3 students during the 2011-12 period
School Program Class size
University of North Dakota Bachelor of Science in Nursing 117 students
North Dakota State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 67 students
University of Mary Bachelor of Science in Nursing 54 students
Minot State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 46 students
Sanford College of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing 42 students
North Dakota State College of Science Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing 40 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 23 students
University of Jamestown Bachelor of Science in Nursing 32 students
Dickinson State University Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing 30 students
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 18 students
Williston State College Associate's Degree in Nursing 28 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 23 students
Bismarck State College Certificate in Practical Nursing 23 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 18 students
Lake Region State College Associate's Degree in Nursing 21 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 14 students
Dakota College at Bottineau Certificate in Practical Nursing 19 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 14 students
United Tribes Technical College Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing 12 students
Turtle Mountain Community College Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing 10 students
Sitting Bull College Associate of Science in Practical Nursing 3 students